Global Care Work: Gender and Migration in Nordic Societies

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Lise Widding Isaksen
Nordic Academic Press, 2010 - Social Science - 240 pages
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Presenting empirical research on the lives of care workers, sex workers, au pairs, and their families, this anthology is a unique study of gender and migration. Written by researchers from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, the account brings the Nordic example to the international debate on how globalization affects and commercializes women’s traditional work and analyzes the social and legal migration regulations. Uncovering some uncomfortable facts about new ethnic hierarchies, social class, and gender discrimination in these countries, this book is an essential read for those interested in migration, care work, and gender issues.

 

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Contents

Foreword
7
Aupair migration and new inequalities
23
The snake in the grass of gender equality
49
Cultural exchange or cheap domestic labour?
69
Doing gender equality
97
Transnational care
137
Care work and migration politics in Sweden
159
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About the author (2010)

Lise Widding Isaksen is a professor of sociology at the University of Bergen in Norway. She has written extensively on gender, power, social inequality and the welfare state with special emphasis on the social organization of care work.

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